Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy 7 months, Olive!

Age: 7 months

Weight:   19.5 lbs. (84th percentile)
Height:   ~27 1/4 inches (71st percentile)
Clothing: sizes 6, 9, 12 months & 18 month swim suit. 
Head circumference:  17.5 inches (82nd percentile)
Sleeping: There are nights where she wakes up in the middle of the night and there was one night where she reverted to being a newborn and woke up 3 times in one night.  It used to be easy to fall asleep with her on the glider, but now that she is moving a lot in her crib when she is asleep in my arms she still moves a lot and I don't sleep.  
Eating habits: Nursing. Sometimes she has milk from a bottle when I'm away or I have to go out and about.  I can't NIP because she is so distracted these days and will quickly throw that nursing cover up. She is eating solids once a day. She has enjoyed most foods, except for bananas.  :)
Favorite activity: She loves the tags on any clothing or toy. She also loves the buckles and straps on her super seat, RNP and changing station. She enjoys talking, screaming, laughing, listening to music, playing with her rattles and making loud noises.  She tends to stroke her hair while nursing.
Cutest Moment of the Month:  Making funny faces when trying new foods & just the look of excitement when she knows she is about to eat. Also, learned how to do "tope" with mama and a few others.  "Tope" is a very soft head butt.  
Sits without support, may lean forward on both hands
Bears full weight on feet
Bounces when held in standing position
Bears weight on one hand when lying on stomach
Transfers objects from one hand to another
Bangs objects on surfaces
Able to fixate on small objects
Responds to name
Awareness of depth and space begin
Has taste preferences
"Talks" when others are talking
Firsts: Stayed with her Nana & PohPoh for the 1st time for 2 hours while Mama and Daddy celebrated their anniversary! She learned "tope" and she sat in a swing at the park.
Updates: She is now starting to sit without support.  She catches herself when she feels like she is falling backwards.  She has not begun to crawl yet, but she "inch worms" it. :) I think her legs are strong enough, but her upper body hasn't caught up.  There is still plenty of time. There is no rush because I hear that once they are off on their own, that's it.  They are then all over the place and into everything. :)  She does prefer to stand and it looks at times like she wants to pull herself up on the ottoman. She has been teething since she was 2 months old and there are still no teeth in her mouth.  Again, no rush.  I'm not looking forward to her possibly biting me while nursing. She already tends to teeth on my nipple. Ow! 
Can an infant have tantrums? Mine definitely seems to. Once again it has become hard to get anything done around the house when we're by ourselves (sometimes even bathe) without her screaming her head off.  She is still an amazing and fun little girl.  Watching her grow and change and learn new things is so exciting.  Her laugh is contagious.  She is so ticklish around her neck, feet, ribs and inner thighs. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Sweet 16 to "the other two"!

It's hard to believe my first babies are 16 today.
I remember that day like it was yesterday.  
It was a school day. I had missed the 1st pup's arrival, but I watched as Sissy came into this world.  I left for school and my mom paged me (haha beepers) throughout the day to let me know that pup #3, 4, and 5 had made their arrival.  :)  Unfortunately, pup #1 (Sweetie) did not make it.  There were still 4 amazing little pups that I named: Sissy, Peanut Jr., Flower & Baby Dan (believe it or not I actually didn't name him).
After 8 weeks, maybe even longer, we had to part with 2 of the 4 pups.  
I was so upset, but later understood that we couldn't keep them all.
Thankfully I was able to keep 2 of them and I think I picked the right 2.  :)

I believe that having them helped to prepare me for the responsibility of being a mommy to Olive.  Some days these 2 geriatric pups drive us absolutely crazy, but we still love them with all of our hearts and couldn't imagine our lives without them. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

This year was my 1st official Mother's Day!
Last year my little Olive berry was in my belly and this year she was in my arms. I loved it!
We had a wonderful day.
We spent the day with my mama.
I'm looking forward to many more Mother's Days spent with my little girl. I'm especially looking forward to those little handmade gifts. :)